By Michael Harrington
“There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing…when we save our children, we save ourselves”Margaret Mead
You have heard stories of the kids, the desperate refugees, who have illegally crossed and shown up at the border and you have seen a deluge of images with unaccompanied minors and overcrowded facilities.
Central American families are so desperate to escape their own countries that they will risk everything (including separating their family).
Are these migrants fleeing some Act of God?
Have drought or hurricanes that should have been anticipated and prevented driven this exodus?
Are they fleeing cartel violence and governmental corruption?
Is it the result of our offloaded costs of the drug war on Latin America?
Whatever the reason, the number of detained unaccompanied migrant children, too many of which that have tested positive for COVID-19, is alarming and heartbreaking.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have sent an urgent email to senior staff asking for volunteers to deploy to border stations and tent sites where holding cells are crammed beyond capacity. (as reported by Nick Miroff of The Washington Post on March 12, 2021)
We know that all children want the same things: to feel safe, to play, to learn and to be joyous. But for millions of children growing up at ALL borders, these simple joys have been stolen by decades of war.
This is a war on children.
The fire has spread to gates of our land. These children are inside a burning building of adult construction and neglect.
I want you to help me get these children out of that burning building.
Let’s imagine a world without incarcerated children.
Join us for a virtual summit on Mother’s Day, May 8th and 9th.
Musicians, artists, speakers, writers and more are invited to participate via live stream, You Tube or Zoom forums.
There will also be a Sunrise Mass for ALL Children ALL Peoples, a candlelight vigil and we will announce our plans for a revolutionary Transitional Village in which we will rescue refugee children.
Go to ALLchildrenALLborders.org and click I Want To Help to sign up and learn more.
Together, we can make a difference.
Michael Harrington is a writer and youth minister who resides in Seattle Washington. He is also the director of the Occupy Faith initiative.